19 June 2020

Police urge drivers to clear frozen windscreens

| My Gungahlin
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ACT Policing is urging all Canberra drivers to remove ice from all the glass surfaces of their vehicles as the Nation’s Capital experiences subzero temperatures.

Frosted windscreens and windows pose a significant danger to road users, as they reduce visibility and can intensify the glare of the sun.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Susie Ball said it was the responsibility of motorists to ensure all their windows are free of frost as to not impede their vision when driving.

“Anyone leaving their vehicles out in sub-zero temperatures experienced in Canberra recently must take the time to defrost their windows and mirrors before heading off on their journey,” Sergeant Ball said.

“It’s actually an offence to drive a vehicle if your vision, to the front or rear is obstructed. If police pull you over with ice, or any other object obstructing your vision, you can be fined $159.”

“We’re asking drivers to take that extra time to make sure their car’s safe. If you can’t garage your car overnight get up 10 minutes earlier, pour lukewarm (never hot) water over your vehicle and make sure your demisters are functioning properly before you leave.”

Ball also warned drivers that when a clear and cold day followed a day of rain, surplus moisture on the roads could freeze over, creating a high risk of black ice.

“Motorists, particularly those on an early commute, will need to take extreme care when driving,” Ball said.

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